Drinky drinks.

Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh::

And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant (carbonated water)? I hate that stuff. It’s like drinking air bubbles and I’m just as thirsty afterwards anyway. I do find it hilarious, however, when French people translate it as “water with gas.”

On a sociolinguistic note, it’s interesting that the French say boisson fraîche (cool drink) for cold drink and they very rarely use ice because they think that drinking cold liquids is bad for your health. Coincidence?

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  • Karina

    You can make your own, I don’t like French Ice Tea either. Just boil 1 liter of water and add 2 teabags and let it steep for a while. Then stick it in the frige. I hate sweet ice tea! Yuck!Sometimes in cafes if you see the translation of “the glace” then its the homemade stuff, otherwise “ice tea” is always lipton :S yuuuucki discovered a trick for american lemonade, you can buy Pulco lemon concentrate and mix it up with some simple syrup (water and sugar boiled together so the sugar disolves) and water :-) Yum! Or you can order “citron presse” in a cafe and the waiter will bring a little picher of fresh lemon juice, another of water, sugar and a glass to mix it to your taste! fun but takes me forever to get a mix i like ;-)

  • Karina

    You can make your own, I don’t like French Ice Tea either. Just boil 1 liter of water and add 2 teabags and let it steep for a while. Then stick it in the frige. I hate sweet ice tea! Yuck!
    Sometimes in cafes if you see the translation of “the glace” then its the homemade stuff, otherwise “ice tea” is always lipton :S yuuuuck
    i discovered a trick for american lemonade, you can buy Pulco lemon concentrate and mix it up with some simple syrup (water and sugar boiled together so the sugar disolves) and water :-) Yum! Or you can order “citron presse” in a cafe and the waiter will bring a little picher of fresh lemon juice, another of water, sugar and a glass to mix it to your taste! fun but takes me forever to get a mix i like ;-)

  • Liz

    You can usually find plain green tea at BIO shops or in the BIO section of your grocery store…I hate bubbly water too – it’s true it never quite quenches your thirst seriously it can’t be good for digestion. Anyways good luck! I’ve been searching for half/half (you know half lemonade/half iced tea)…guess I’ll have to make it on my own.

  • Liz

    You can usually find plain green tea at BIO shops or in the BIO section of your grocery store…I hate bubbly water too – it’s true it never quite quenches your thirst seriously it can’t be good for digestion. Anyways good luck! I’ve been searching for half/half (you know half lemonade/half iced tea)…guess I’ll have to make it on my own.

  • La Page Française

    Hear hear. I really miss iced tea too. It’s the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day. I can’t stand that overly sweet lipton’s peach “iced tea” that they give you in cafes in France. I don’t understand what could be so hard about providing real iced tea, especially in summer

  • La Page Française

    Hear hear. I really miss iced tea too. It’s the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day. I can’t stand that overly sweet lipton’s peach “iced tea” that they give you in cafes in France. I don’t understand what could be so hard about providing real iced tea, especially in summer

  • Emily

    Now I’m craving an “Arnold Palmer” – half lemonade and half iced tea…

  • Emily

    Now I’m craving an “Arnold Palmer” – half lemonade and half iced tea…

  • Jennie

    Ooh thanks for the suggestions. I do need to try making my own iced tea. I can’t stand Lipton’s peach crap anymore.Liz, I haven’t seen half/half here either. Iced tea and lemonade just aren’t very popular here I guess. :(

  • Jennie

    Ooh thanks for the suggestions. I do need to try making my own iced tea. I can’t stand Lipton’s peach crap anymore.

    Liz, I haven’t seen half/half here either. Iced tea and lemonade just aren’t very popular here I guess. :(

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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